Godzilla: King of the Monsters has officially just hit theaters. Michael Dougherty's film featured clashes between the Big Grey Gecko and several other kaiju. Even before this movie came out, Warner Bros. and Legendary announced plans to release more monster movies in the future.
We already know that the Big G and King Kong are slated to trade blows in 2020. We're also pretty sure that G v K won't be the end of Legendary Goji. Here are 10 monsters that have beaten down Godzilla. With any luck, we'll see a few of these kaiju hit the big screen in the future.
Let's start things off by discussing a monster that already has graced the MonsterVerse - Rodan! Good old Rado is an iconic kaiju that first debuted in a self-titled 1956 film called Rodan. Despite what the name implies, this film centers around two super-sized pterosaurs! Rodan wouldn't officially meet Godzilla until the 1964 film Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster.
Rodan and the Big G finally trade blows in Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II. The King of the Skies and the King of the Monsters fight over a newborn kaiju. The G Man hits Rodan with his atomic breath, but the pterosaur only becomes stronger - turning into Fire Rodan. The two kaiju continue to feud until a greater threat grabs their attention.
When people talk about flower power, we're pretty sure this monster isn't what they had in mind. Biollante is genetically engineered kaiju that's one part plant, one part human, and one part Godzillasaurus. If that last species sounds familiar to you, it should; the King of Monsters used to be humble Godzillasaurus until he ate a nuclear sub for lunch for one day.
Anyhow, Biollante gave the King one heck of a fight in her debut film Godzilla vs. Biollante. This girl is one of the few monsters that dwarf the Big G. She used her tremendous size, corrosive sap, and whip-like tendrils beat the Grey Gecko like a drum!
Kaiju come in all sorts of unique shapes and sizes. Many resemble jumbo-sized prehistoric animals. Others look like something a small child might see in their worst nightmares. Orga falls into that latter group. He's got mangled flesh, a mouth lined with fangs and his anatomy is just unearthly in general.
In truth, Orga isn't just one monster - a group of aliens fused and created him after meeting Godzilla. Orga used a vast array of powers to try and dethrone the king. His plasma spit and wave-motion beam are two standouts. Ultimately, the Big G defeated Orga after a brutal battle.
Mechagodzilla is a 'strange creature' made in Big G's image. This mechanical monster first debuted in the 1974 movie Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla. This film's plot is pretty wild, so we'll summarize; humans unearth a prophecy which states that the world will be destroyed by kaiju (what a shocker.) People don't initially think Godzilla will do the deed until he starts acting strange.
Eventually, another Godzilla appears and reveals the first to be none other than Mechagodzilla. Mecha G then proceeds to wipe the floor with the King! Gojira has to team up with King Caeser just to beat this mechanical menace.
6 King Kong
Oh no, we're not talking about the upcoming 2020 film. This entry goes back to 1962, during the Showa Era Godzilla films. Around this time, the Big G's movies changed in tone; they went from being somber diatribes against atomic weapons into campy B movies. The King stopped representing Japan's worst fears and started acting more like the nation's mascot.
Naturally, the Big Grey Gecko would trade blows with one of America's iconic creatures - King Kong. This movie's weird and hokey, however; King Kong and Godzilla play baseball at one point, and Kong has lightning powers for some reason. Here's hoping that their rematch in 2020 will play out differently. Very differently.
Warner Bros. and Legendary used an interactive viral marketing campaign to promote Godzilla: King of the Monsters. By going to a website, fans could research the Titans and uncover tons of information about them. When fans found Rodan's dossier, they saw a creature that resembled an iconic Goji enemy - Gigan.
Gigan is an artificial kaiju created by evil aliens. He rends foes to shreds with his claws and grinds them to dust with his belly-mounted buzzsaw. Gigan can also fly and shoot razor discs at enemies. This guy is also very persistent, challenging the King of Monsters three separate times during the Showa Era alone!
They say that the hardest battle is against yourself. Evil doppelgangers take this sentiment and crank it up to eleven; these sorts of characters know the hero inside and out and usually can counter all of their abilities with ease. In 1994, the King had to confront his inner demons in the film Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla.
SpaceGodzilla is no joke - he can deflect the Big G's energy attacks with crystals and can heal from most attacks like Wolverine! This thing is so strong that Godzilla, Rodan, and M.O.G.U.E.R.A. had to team up. And even then, one of them had to sacrifice their lives to win the day.
3 Monster X
True to its name, Godzilla: Final Wars was the last Goji film released by Toho for about a decade. This film served as a grand send off to the Big G, lining up a myriad of monsters for the King to knock down. Monster X is the mysterious being that waited at the end of Godzilla's warpath.
This guy was genuinely bad to the bone - an exoskeleton covered his body and enhanced his durability. Monster X was also super strong - able to lift Godzilla like an action figure and drop him like a bad habit. However, X became even more dangerous after molting into his final form.
If the kaiju could talk, many would be able to claim that they've beaten Godzilla before. But only one could argue that he's managed to kill the King of the Monsters. Destoroyah is that kaiju, first debuting in the 1995 film Godzilla vs. Destoroyah.
Due to the bat-like wings and massive horns, you might think Destoroyah is a demon from Hell! In reality, he's a microscopic organism with more forms than a Super Saiyan. Destoroyah is one of the deadliest foes the King has ever faced. This thing pushed Godzilla to his limit, causing him to meltdown like the walking nuclear reactor that he is.
1 King Ghidorah/ Keizer Ghidorah
Was there ever any doubt who'd top this list? Out of all of Godzilla's foes, King Ghidorah is his most constant foe. This three-headed dragon is the Lex Luthor to Godzilla's Superman - the rain to the Big G's parade. No other monster riles up the Grey Gecko the same way King Ghidorah does. Well, except maybe Keizer Ghidorah.
Keizer Ghidorah is Monster X's final form. He's the last enemy Godzilla faces at the end of Final Wars. Keizer Ghidorah has gravity beams, telekinesis, and an extremely durable hide. The King of the Monsters had to blast Keizer Ghidorah into space to take him out once and for all.